Wyoming unlikely to expand Medicaid; California opens small business exchange;

News From Around the Web:

> Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead recommends the state legislature doesn't expand Medicaid to more than 16,000 residents. But some state Democrats still hope to work an agreement in the legislature to approve the expansion, reported the Associated Press. Article

> California opened its small business exchange on Monday. Officials with Covered California said the site is already fully operational and received 1,500 applications from small employers, the Los Angeles Times reported. Article

> The Montana Health CO-OP has received an additional $27 million in federal funds to expand its business into Idaho. The insurer hopes to begin selling plans in Idaho by November of next year, though it first must receive approval from Idaho officials, reported the Missoulian. Article

Health Provider News:

> Palliative care adapted to specific high-risk patients' needs can reduce emergency room visits, improve overall care and drive down healthcare costs, finds a new report from the Journal of Palliative Medicine. Article

> Some hospitals are trying holistic approaches to help treat physicians and nurses suffering from stress and burnout by addressing their intensive emotional or spiritual needs. Article

Health IT News:

> Secure messaging might improve medication reconciliation and workflow at primary care clinics and it can get patient questions answered more efficiently, according to a study published at the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Article

> Recently introduced legislation in the House seeks to increase the use of wireless technologies in healthcare to ultimately bring care costs down. Article

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